LeBron James honored by Akron mayor following year matched only by Michael Jordan
LeBron James’ historic year can only be matched by Michael Jordan. They are the only players to win Olympic gold, an NBA championship, NBA Finals MVP and regular season MVP in a single year.
James’ accomplishments can’t be overlooked, not even by the Cleveland city of Akron that he left in controversial fashion to take his talents to South Beach.
According to The Beacon-Journal, Akron mayor Don Plusquellic erected nine signs throughout various entry points to the city that congratulate James on his memorable year. The top of the sign reads, “Home of LeBron James” with his accolades listed below:
“For my money, he’s the greatest Akronite because he cares about Akron,” Plusquellic said.
The gesture marks a bridging of sorts between James and his hometown. Many fans and Ohio residents felt betrayed by his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in July 2010 for an opportunity to play with Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat.